The main signs of TMJ in are teeth grinding and jaw clenching. There are many reasons people might grind their teeth, such as stress, improper jaw alignment, obstructive sleep apnea and more. The grinding has the potential to strain the jaw muscles or damage the joints. It also wears down the teeth and could lead to chips or cracks. This also increases the chance of tooth decay, which can lead to missing teeth.
Clenching and grinding your teeth also causes jaw pain. In some cases, it might also lead to arthritis in the joints. Many people with this disorder also experience headaches that stem from the clenching.
Importance of Treatment
Living with the pain and discomfort of this disorder seriously affects people’s lives. Some serious effects include:
- Intense headaches
- Back, shoulder and neck pain
- Tinnitus (ringing the in the ear)
- Sleep impairment
- Tooth loss
- Types of Treatments
Luckily, there are treatment options. One of the more common ones is to use a special mouth guard. You can also use an Occlusal equilibration to align the teeth if that is the cause of the problem. There are also certain therapies that help to soothe and relax the jaw muscles. Sometimes, dental work is needed to fix any damage that has occurred. The cost of treatment depends on the procedure and insurance. Without insurance, it generally ranges from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars.
Get Started Today
Contact Signature Dentistry of Rochester in Rochester Hills, MI today to set up an appointment with Dr. Wolfe to discuss your symptoms. He will examine you to determine the cause and discuss TMJ treatment options.